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Thursday, July 9, 2009

My copied top

As I mentioned before, I wanted to make a copy of this top.  I bought it last summer from an Ann Taylor Loft outlet ad have worn it to death... literally... there's a big stain on the front that you can't really see in the picture.  Since there's a big stain, I had no qualms about cutting it up...
I just cut the seams right off to get my "pattern pieces."  Here you can see where I'm cutting the side seam.  I didn't bother undoing the hems or neck finish or anything.
Here, I'm trying to show where I cut marks to help me put it back together (like the little triangles in commercial patterns).  They're near the middle of the photo.  I just cut slashes through the seam and into the arm and back about 1/4 inch.  I did this on both sides of the sleeve head (1 notch in front, 2 in back) and under the bust to mark where the crossover top pieces join with the bottom front.
Then, I cut off those seams, leaving the notches on the pattern.
Here's the sleeve, all cut out.
and here you can see the notches.
Then, I just used the pieces of the original shirt as a pattern on some new jersey, remembering to add seam allowances, hems, etc.  For some pizzazz, I added some narrow lace to the neck edge.
Voila!  The finished top!


Amanda S. said...

Oops, I missed this post. Great job on your copy. I did this once for a pair of maternity pants that had the best fit ever, although I didn't have to cut them up.

KathleenS said...

Great work and thanks for all the pictures. I tried to copy a knit top I have by tracing it. You should have seen the weird shape the sleeve came out. I was going to try again, but I think maybe I should follow your example, realise that the original top is past it and just cut it up.